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Group Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer Overview
Group Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer
RCTC offers two options for both Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Certification. The Diploma options are both 31 credit degrees, while the Certificate programs are both 20 credit programs. The Personal Trainer program will provide a broad foundation of knowledge to assist students to assess, design and prescribe individualized fitness training programs for clients, while the Group Fitness Instructor program, explores teaching fitness in a class setting. Both programs address the needs of assisting others for improving personal fitness and overall quality of life.
General core coursework will include, Essentials of Personal Training, Essentials of Strength and Conditioning, Methods of Group Fitness, Sport Psychology, Sport Nutrition for Performance, Lifetime Fitness, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, CPR/AED training and an internship. Elective options allow students to choose from course work in the areas of Recreation Program Leader, Boot Camp, Circuit Training, Strength Training for Men & Women, Body Toning, Jogging & Walking, Step Aerobics, Yoga, Tai Chi and PT/GF Exam Certification prep.
Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor
- Diploma or Certificate Option
Related Field Programs
- Sport Management
Program Start Date(s)
Students may begin coursework any semester. Some courses are not offered every semester, so students are encouraged to meet with the program advisor to plan their coursework accordingly.
RCTC’s Personal Trainer program will prepare students to work with individuals to assist them in improving their fitness levels, while the Group Fitness Instructor program will prepare students to work in class settings to lead groups of clients in a variety of fitness based activities. This coursework will expose students to the resources and professional networks that they will require to stay current in their profession over the length of their career. PT/GFI opportunities are available in almost every community in our nation through programs offered at recreational venues, public/private fitness clubs, or as independent businesses. Related areas find Personal Trainers working with team sports or individual athletes to improve sport specific skills at every level from youth recreational sports to interscholastic, intercollegiate, amateur and professional teams, whereas, Group Fitness Instructors can implement and lead programs for persons of all ages to meet all fitness needs in any classroom setting. These programs will enable individuals to start with a solid knowledge base and a nationally recognized certification to begin their career.
Gainful Employment Programs
The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.
The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.
Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Students are exposed to the many certification options within this field and are trained and coached to succeed with the area they choose to certify with. Some options include American Council on Exercise -ACE, National Federation of Personal Trainers - NFPT, National Strength and Conditioning Association - NSCA, American College of Sports Medicine – ACSM, National Academy of Sports Medicine – NASM.`
For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/index.html